Straw yellow with golden hues. Aromas of cinnamon, rose, cloves, orange peel with a touch of spice on the finish. Full with good persistence.
Pair with goat cheese, chicken curry, apple strudel.
Nielson Santa Barbara County Chardonnay
Nielson Vinyard's history is inextricably woven into the fabric of Santa Barbara County. Their estate vineyard is the site of the region's first commercial vineyard, planted in 1964 by Uriel Nielson. For the past two decades their trials and experiments on clones, rootstocks and trellising have helped establish cool-climate farming protocols throughout California's coastal winegrowing regions.
Classic opulent Californian Chardonnay from pioneers of the region. The nose is packed with fruit, creamy citrus and tropical notes. The palate is both lush and concentrated with great balance and rich nutty flavours. Textural silky and fresh acidity. This is a versatile and stylish white.
Great with herby roasted chicken, coronation chicken, rich fish and pasta dishes.
Sauvignon "A Peu Pres"
A stunning little gem from David Maudry, whose family have a long old history of wine production in Tracy-Sur-Loire. This Sauvignon Blanc comes from young vines directly next to their Pouilly-Fumé vineyard. Whilst this vineyard remains unclassified, the soils and aspect are the same, indeed the wine tastes almost identical (at a fraction of the price)... lots of that struck-flint note we all love in Pouilly-Fumé, and then a nice elegance and gentle tang.
Seeing Pouilly-Fumé (and Sancerre) getting rather out of reach price-wise this was an exciting find.
The name, ‘À Peu Près’, means ‘as good as’ (as good as Pouilly Fumé) and we were delighted to have this wine on our list.
Caiaffa Fiano - Organic
The organic Fiano grapes are hand-picked then destemmed and crushed. The must is transferred to stainless steel where fermentation takes place spontaneously using indigenous yeast. The wine is aged for three months on the lees before bottling and release.
A lively and fresh white wine, with delicate flavors and aromas of ripe citrus fruit, stone fruits and white flowers. Great acidity and well balanced with a lovely long finish.
A perfect aperitif or enjoy with fish based, or light pasta dishes.
Pierre Girardin, Bourgogne Blanc `Éclat de Calcaire`
The 'Éclat de Calcaire` has precise notes of fresh citrus fruit, white flowers and fresh pastry on the nose. On the palate, bright acidity gives the wine great energy and freshness. It is well-balanced, elegant and poised and is excellent value for a Bourgogne Blanc.
Pierre Girardin, son of Vincent Girardin, is the 13th generation of his family to make wine in Burgundy. Pierre spent a significant part of his childhood in his family’s vineyards and cellar, both helping and learning from his father. Vincent sold the family domaine and négociant business in 2011 but kept 4.5 hectares of his best sites, primarily in Meursault, Pommard and Volnay, to pass on to his son. The family’s widespread contacts throughout the Côte d’Or have enabled Pierre to supplement his domaine sites with long-term contracts with top growers. Pierre completed his first vintage aged 21 years old.
Pierre has sought out interesting and often overlooked parcels over the past few years, particularly in the Côte de Beaune. He searches for growers who share the same viticultural philosophy and either already farm organically or are moving towards certification. His interest lies in how best to express the characters of individual sites with purity and precision, and for this reason he vinifies on a ‘micro-cuvée’ scale. Although Pierre has primarily learnt winemaking from his father, he is full of new ideas and techniques, which he has put into practice in his newly built winery in Meursault.
Pierre practises low-intervention winemaking, using indigenous yeasts to help capture the purity of each site.
Domaine Sautereau, Sancerre
This wine has a pale yellow colour with an expressive and elegant nose. Aromas of citrus, pear and white peach are complemented by floral and limestone notes, which follow through on to the rounded palate. Medium-bodied with a crisp, saline finish.
The Domaine's 22 hectares of vineyard are situated mainly in Crézancy, with a tiny proportion located in Bué and the village of Sancerre itself. The range of soils in this area, many of which are predominantly calcerous, allows David a good spread of different blending components for the wine, giving more complex and varied flavours.
The Sautereau family has been producing wine for nine generations in the village of Crézancy, seven kilometres from the town of Sancerre. The winery is now run by David Sautereau, who makes modern, attractive wines that offer excellent value for money. David’s 22 hectares are spread over the villages of Crézancy, Bué and Sancerre, which ensures that the best of the Sancerre appellation is available for his blend.
David’s careful and orderly approach in his small, immaculate cellar is reflected in the purity of his wines. The range of soils gives many blending components, ensuring that his Sancerre has a touch of minerality on the palate that combines nicely with the aromatic gooseberry-fruit character on the nose. David’s Sancerre Rosé, made solely from Pinot Noir, is pale salmon in colour, with bright strawberry and raspberry fruit aromas. David’s precise and expressive single vineyard Sancerre ‘Le Vignoble de Sarrottes’ and his Sancerre Rouge are made from Pinot Noir grown on chalky soils with iron-rich content. It has a bright, sappy character which is nicely rounded by supple tannins.